A Brief Rundown of Medicines

Facts on the Rx Symbol on Drugs

Most people have encountered the Rx symbol especially in medicines. A good number are however not aware of what it means. There are those who think it is just a product logo. This is however not the case. The symbol is usually a capital letter R extended to make an x It is thus one symbol and not two different letters. It is mostly adopted by medics. A number of theories have been suggested to explain the meaning of this symbol. The theories normally point to one direction though they are derived from different cultures. A better understanding of what it actually means has thus been derived.

In Latin culture the symbol was derived from the word ‘recipere’. This word means ‘to take’. Doctors use it to prescribe medication to their patients. This is to show how and when to take medicine. It is also seen as a command symbol. People are required to do as stated when they find the symbol in a sentence. Patients also get a better understanding on how to take the given drugs. It therefore emphasizes commands.

According to the Egyptians, the symbol portrays the eye of Horus. This refers to an Egyptian god who brings good health. Evil spirits were also kept away by this god. It was therefore a symbol of protection for the community. The symbol was inscribed on the pyramids used to bury kings to ensure that they were kept safe in the afterlife. This worked well in giving the community a feeling of safety as they knew that with the symbol, no harm could befall them. People who needed healing also had this symbol. This is the reason for its continuous use in medicine.

In the Roman culture, the symbol denoted the god of Jupiter. It was considered the king of the gods as it was the largest star. The community therefore worshipped this god to call for healing. They believed that it could command other gods to bring about wellness in the community. Medicine men would include the symbol on medication to plea with the gods to grant them healing. The patients were thus hopeful that they would receive their healing.

For decades, the symbol has been in use. No matter the small variations in meaning according to different cultures, its use has remained to be in the medical area. People can find this symbol on drugs as well as pharmacies. It is thus necessary that people understand the origin and meaning of this symbol so that they become aware. This prevents the rise of superstitions regarding the meaning of this symbol. It also makes sure that there is correct use of the symbol. Having an understanding of the various symbols used is important to people.